Microsoft Committed to IM Interoperability, Asserts Exec

Microsoft Corp.'s instant messaging architect Paul Haverstock stated the case for messaging interoperability at the opening keynote address of the Instant Messaging Planet Spring 2004 Conference and Expo here Wednesday.

Haverstock, one of the original developers and former general manager for the Lotus Sametime IM product, said messaging would become as ubiquitous as e-mail is today and would enhance most business applications once a common standard of interoperability between the various corporate and public networks was reached. "It's time to move on interoperability," said Haverstock. "I've never met a customer who hasn't asked for interoperability. So let's finish the job." Haverstock said online presence would someday be as common as Web URL addresses, noting that the Web was designed around the common standards of HTTP and HTML.

News source: eWeek

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